Life should be fun! It feels so ironic saying this now because I can tell you this was not always my life experience as a teen and young adult. On the bright side, my journey has allowed me to grow in ways that I didn’t even know were possible. Now, I’m so excited to help others on their path to leading their best life too!
I was once a master of putting on my happy face for everyone to see. I know you know what I’m talking about – so many of us are conditioned to be this way. On the outside, I really “had it together”. I was a social butterfly, I was fit, had a successful career, settled down, and involved in everything in my community. But, if you really knew me then, you would have known that I suffered from many mental and physical illnesses as a teen and young adult.
It’s unbelievable what can happen to our mind and bodies when we don’t consciously make an effort to recognize what’s happening, accept it, and begin to restore our health through mental, spiritual and physical healing therapies. At the peak of my health deterioration, I was drowning in a sea of sickness in my mind and body. First of all, I was battling back and forth with an addiction to smoking and substantially abusing alcohol. It was very rare that through my grade twelve year to my early twenties that I could even go to bed without getting a buzz. Eventually, a lot of my decisions and behaviours lead to mental illnesses as well. Anxiety, depression, severe anger outbursts/psychological instability, an eating disorder, compulsive exercise, and even suicidal thoughts were incarcerating me. I honestly don’t know how I kept it together looking back at everything now. Not a single person - including my closest friends and family - had even the slightest clue about any of this. As time progressed and I kept on neglecting my wellness, my body decided to send me some major red flags forcing me to take charge as I wasn’t even willing to recognize that this was all happening and things could be different.
Slowly but surely, my body began to fail - and it made no sense to me. It started off minor with several skin irritations such as rashes and acne. I became overwhelmingly self-conscious and embarrassed to face the world. My self-worth, within a blink of an eye, plummeted. Eventually, this inflammation moved with more severity to swelling in my hands. My knuckles eventually become so big and swollen that the skin was cracking open because my skin had been stretched to it's max. Once the swelling began, it was like there was something new happening on a week to week basis and I couldn’t keep up with it. I began to lose my eye sight, my hair was falling out, I was fainting often, had repetitive infections, couldn’t keep weight on if my life depended on it, high blood pressure, more swollen and aching joints…I was literally falling apart. I had several doctors tell me that they suspected arthritis, Lupus, and Raynaud’s phenomenon to be the culprit and to take x, y, and z to “manage the symptoms”.
I was unable to accept patching myself up with prescriptions to mask my pain and discomforts - this wouldn't heal me. There’s a time and a place for pharmaceuticals and Western Medicine – and I’m so grateful we have it and it’s saved my life on at least two occasions – this just wasn’t my solution to these circumstances. I wanted to get to the root of what was going on, so I began to climb down the mountain off illness that I had created. I began working with a life-saving Naturopath, Homeopath, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner/Acupuncturist and was exploring the healing arts of energetic therapy, aroma therapy, crystal therapy, meditation, life coaching and yoga. Through time and immersing myself in these healing therapies of the mind, body and soul, I slowly started to bring myself back down the hill of sickness due to chronic stress and inflammation. Along the way I took several courses to learn these therapies so that I could help others too! After all, teaching, healing, and helpings others live their best life is what I love to do!
I have a very specific desire; to be the person that you need in your time difficult times and times of growth. When I was in my depths of feeling lost, not knowing where to start or how to turn my life around - I wish I had someone like that to turn to. I am so passionate about helping other people because I know so many of us are going through our own struggles. As a teacher, I’ve seen first-hand how many of our youth, young adults and adults are in the same boat as I once was. Different details to everyone’s stories, but still the same underlying issues. Honestly, whatever the story is, it all comes down to a struggle – a personal struggle that seems so daunting and insurmountable that we don’t even know where to begin in order to feel better or live the life we want to live.
Through my journey I’ve found my struggles to be a catalyst for living my best life and transformation from the inside out. Just like the lotus flower, we have the ability to bloom out of the “mud” and “darkness” and radiate into the world. Without my “mud”, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t be able to relate to you and help you on your life journey. I’m SO thankful for all of my life experiences. Life is truly always happening for us not to us. I love helping my clients turn their "shortfalls" into their power and driving force behind living a miraculous life. All of the good and bad things that we endure play an intricate role in shaping us into our highest potential. Great people aren't formed from sunshine and rainbows - it's our trials and tribulations that transform us.
I'm now onto greener pastures in my healing journey; I no longer struggle with my health or with a mental illness on a day-to-day basis. I am now THRIVING! I couldn’t be more happy with the relationship I have with my loving partner, Ty, our beautiful son, Kitt, my other personal relationships, my self-care routines, the ways I move my body to be healthy, the foods I eat, etc. Life is just SO damn good! That isn't to say that I don't ever have my struggles; I wouldn't be human without them. What's different is I am able to move through them with calmness and ease by applying the lessons I've learned on this wild ride over the past 6 years. Even through tough times we can feel confident, at ease, peaceful, empowered and trust that we know what to do / how to navigate our lives.
Through several truth seeking journeys, courses, certifications, and getting in touch with my true self – I’m proud to say that I’m both HAPPY and HEALTHY! It’s an amazing feeling to be content, joyous, well (mentally and physically), and loving living life. I’m so excited to share simple life tools and strategies in order to help you be the best version of yourself too!
I look forward to working with you to end your inner and outer struggles and to help you step into the life you deserve. It is your absolute birth right to be happy and healthy and I’m so excited to guide you to being so!
"You can be filled with loving-kindness. You can be well. You can be peaceful and at ease. You can be happy." (Kornfield).
Wishing you all of the happiness this life has to offer you,